BLOG: Face Time or Facebook?

Parents need to spend more time talking with and to their children and not to "friends" they have never met.

Every once in a while, we read a blog that really hits home! I hope what I'm about to say does so for many of you. 

Get in your car, drive around and you will see parents pulling up to a stop light with a baby or very young child in the back seat, and the adult will pick up their cell phone to see who sent them a message. 

Big mistake! Ninety percent of a child's brain development occurs in the first 5 years of a child's life. Language development starts from the moment they're born with children hearing sounds from the mother, father and other family members. Watching their lips, to see how sounds are formed is essential to good language development.

When parents miss the opportunity to talk with their children at every possible moment, engaging them in hearing words, new words and even stretching their vocabulary will pay huge dividends as the child grows up and goes to school.

Every signal or stop sign affords a parent or grandparent a fantastic opportunity to help a child develop better language skills.

Face time with your child or Facebook with friends some you have never met…… an interesting dilemma.

Bill Habermehl was the superintendent of Orange County Department of Education from 2001-2012.


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Penny Arévalo February 08, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Hard to disagree with this. We fostered a little guy who was getting special ed for delayed speech and speech impediments. I asked why he was struggling so, and the answer was because he was probably not talked to much when he was younger (he was 3 at the time). Now, when I see a mom talking to her baby or toddler in the grocery cart, I want to tell her, "Job well done!"
Maria Brophy February 16, 2013 at 12:31 AM
This is a great reminder to put a priority on your most precious assets; your kids. Too many people these days are glued to their smart phones, connecting online, rather than connecting with the people who matter the most.


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